Wendy Barker & Sarah Cortez
Sunday, Jan. 8th
About Wendy: Wendy Barker’s sixth full-length collection of poems, One Blackbird at a Time (BkMk Press, 2015), was chosen for The John Ciardi Prize. Earlier book collections include her novel in prose poems, Nothing Between Us: The Berkeley Years (runner-up for the Del Sol Prize and released by Del Sol Press in 2009); Poems from Paradise (WordTech, 2005); Way of Whiteness (Wings Press, 2000); Let the Ice Speak (Ithaca House, 1991); and Winter Chickens (Corona Publishing Co., 1990).
Since coming to the University of Texas in San Antonio in 1982, she has taught a wide range of undergraduate courses in literature, including not only American literature surveys, but also courses in modern British and American poetry and fiction, women and literature, feminist theory, and introduction to literature for non-majors. She has taught many senior seminars on a wide range of topics and creative writing courses at all levels.
About Sarah: Some people know where their passion lies and what they want to be when they grow up from the time they’re children. For others, that realization may come during college or even later during their adult years. For poet Sarah Cortez (M.S. ’82), it wasn’t until age 37 that she took her ﬁrst step toward becoming a writer.
Some of Sarah's accomplishments:
- Cold Blue Steel, short-listed for the PEN Southwest Literary Prize in Poetry, 2015.
- Goodbye, Mexico: Poems of Remembrance, Winner, 2014 International Latino Book Award.
- Cold Blue Steel, Finalist, 2014 Writer's League of Texas Poetry Award.
- Elected to Councilor for the Texas Institute of Letters, 2013.
- Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence won a 2013 Border Regional Library Association Award for Southwest Book of the Year and the 2013 International Latino Book Award for Latino Focused Non-Fiction (Bilingual).
- Walking Home: Growing Up Hispanic in Houston - Honorable Mention Los Angeles Book Festival and Southwest Book Awards, 2013
- You Don’t Have A Clue: Latino Mystery Stories for Teens short-listed for the International Latino Book Awards, May 2012.
- Inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters, April 2012 www.texasinstituteofletters.org.
- The poem entitled “The Secret” placed semi-finalist in the 2011 annual poetry contest sponsored by Rattle www.rattle.com.
- One poem, "Glance", was chosen for the prestigious Poetry in Motion nationwide project.
- Windows into My World: Latino Youth Write Their Lives won a 2008 Honor Award from the Skipping Stones Multicultural Magazine for being an exceptional book promoting understanding of diverse cultures. www.skippingstones.org.
- Another of my poems, "Seguin", was awarded an Honorable Mention by noted poet Kathleen Peirce in the 2007 Dos Gatos Poetry Calendar (Dos Gatos Press, Austin, TX).